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Elias Herber – Buried at Allentown or Red Cross?

Posted By on April 15, 2016

The Elias S. Herber who served in the 176th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Musician, is buried at Allentown’s Fairview Cemetery, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.  Although the grave marker reads “Herbert,” the veteran buried here was actually the one who served in both the 176th Pennsylvania Infantry and the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E.   Those facts are confirmed by the Military Index Cards available from Fold3, by the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Burial Card, and by Pension Index Cards.

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The Pension Index Card (above from Fold3) indicates that Elias S. Herber died on 24 May 1929, at Port Carbon.

However, the Klingerstown Bicentennial Album, page 164, states that there is an Elias Herber buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Red Cross, Northumberland County, and that Elias Herber served in the 176th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Musician.

Which burial place is correct?  Are there two different men with the same name – one buried in Allentown and one buried in Red Cross?  If there are two different men, both could not have served in the 176th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as Musicians.

Perhaps a reader can straighten this out.  Please submit comments to this post or send by e-mail.

 


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